See the complete list of graduate programs at the IU South Bend Graduate Studies site.
Preparing for Graduate School
Spend some time exploring if graduate school is really for you. Talk to your professors about what their experiences were like and ask them what they enjoy and dislike about their current work.
Interested in attending a graduate program in Psychology?
Review the American Psychological Association website.
Interested in attending a graduate program in social work?
Contact the director of the IU South Bend Master of Social Work about the IU MSW program and other related programs.
For a complete list of graduate programs at IU South Bend, visit: https://www.iusb.edu/graduate-studies/index.php.
Here are a few ideas to prepare yourself to be a good candidate for graduate school:
- Publish a paper in one of IU South Bend's undergraduate journals
- Present a paper at an undergraduate student conference
- Attend a regional or national conference
- Obtain a research grant
- Participate in an Honors Program and become a member of Psi Chi, the national honor society for psychology
- Get involved in the Psychology Club
- Obtain an internship in a field of interest
- Contact the Office of Student Life for service learning opportunities
- Seek out volunteer experience that you enjoy by talking with your professor, advisor, or classmates
- Visit the American Psychological Association Graduate and Post-Doctoral page for more advice and a list of psychology associations
Cultivate relationships with at least three of your current professors before appearing at their door asking for a reference. This is not the step to request the recommendation from your professors, but rather an ongoing process of building rapport with your professors so they have enough good material to work with when they write you an excellent recommendation in the future.
Keep in mind that a good letter of recommendation reports your academic performance and achievements, while an excellent letter of recommendation will demonstrate the intimate connection between you and your letter writer. Go to our faculty page and browse the research interests of your professors. If you find something that interests you, take a class with that professor or stop by their office to find out more about their research.
Program requirements will vary depending on the institution, but there are some main components of the graduate school application that you can prepare for. Read the article, Graduate Admissions 101: Parts of the Grad School Application, for a detailed description of the required Transcripts, Graduate Record Exams (GREs), Letters of Recommendation, Admissions Essay, and Interview.
For more detail, check out the books, The Complete Guide to Graduate School Admissionand Graduate Admissions Essays, from the IU South Bend Career Services Office (520-4425).
You should begin working on your admissions essay as early as possible to allow for several drafts. Seek the guidance of your advisor or other mentor in editing your drafts. Check out All About the Graduate Admissions Essay to begin drafting your admissions essay.